Essentials of Healthy Living

Vol IX Sept 2008 | The Village Green Apothecary E-Newsletter

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It’s Allergy Season…

Scratchy throat, runny nose, itchy eyes... Is it a cold or could it be seasonal allergies?

Fall is here, and along with cooler evenings and changing leaf colors come less welcome elements of the season: ragweed, pigweed, plantain, sheep sorrel, sagebrush, and other weeds. In temperate climates like ours, fall weed pollens are most likely to be the culprits behind your hay fever (technically called allergic rhinitis).

Name That Weed!

Match the name of each weed with its photo:

1.Tumbleweed • 2.Sheep sorrel 3.Sagebrush
4.Pigweed • 5.Ragweed

Answers: 1E 2D 3A 4C 5B

If you’re an allergy sufferer, it’s time to take action!

Here's some helpful tips:

  • Avoid those autumnal allergens. Keep windows closed (in the car as well as at home) and limit the time you spend outdoors. If you must mow the lawn or rake leaves, consider wearing a face mask.
  • Scrub your air. Invest in a high-quality HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Arresting) purifier and a HEPA vacuum to help reduce allergens indoors.
  • Go green. Keep plants that remove pollutants from air. These types include bamboo palm, Boston fern, dracaena, English ivy, ficus ali, peace lily, rubber plant and spider plant.
  • Wash away your allergens! A great way to soothe nasal passages and remove allergens from the body is to use a “neti pot,” a small vessel that helps flush the sinuses with slightly salted warm water. Recommended use is twice daily during allergy season — once in the morning and again after spending time outdoors.
  • Boost your immune system. Eat a diet high in antioxidants (think veggies and berries.) Take a top-notch multivitamin and essential fatty acids, and support your allergy resistance with supplements like those listed below.

Did you know ...

Cantaloupe, bananas, watermelon and honeydew contain similar proteins to ragweed? Some people may need to avoid these fruits in order to reduce compounding symptoms.

BrianMeet Brian Riordan

Customer Experience Manager

Bethesda native Brian Riordan grew up just a couple blocks from Village Green Apothecary, and he was the fourth employee on board when he was hired over 30 years ago. Over the years, he has provided one-on-one assistance to thousands of customers with an impressive array of health issues including allergies, asthma, osteoporosis, candidiasis, insomnia, high blood pressure, irritable bowel syndrome, cognitive impairment, stress management, dermatitis, cardiovascular disease, colds and flu — and many more.

Whether you’re concerned about side-effects from a medication or looking for exactly the right supplement for your needs, Brian is here to help you.

“When someone is concerned about their symptoms or unsure about which product they need, I’m here to help. And when you end up smiling, that makes me happy, too.”

Clearly Brian is a born problem-solver. He’s truly fascinated with difficult puzzles, and welcomes challenging problems like drug depletion of critical nutrients, drug-nutrient interactions, and the effect of toxins, drugs, the environment, diet and lifestyle on people’s health and wellness.

Brian has insatiable curiosity and an appetite for learning. His passion is figuring out today’s complex health issues by blending research science with the knowledge of human-body chemistry. He recently completed a four-tier course at The Washington Institute of Natural Medicine, and now he’s working on his Certified Nutritional Consultant Certificate (CNC) from The American Association of Nutritional Consultants. When you ask Brian for help, you get the benefit of his blend of education, experience, and insight.

Brian also educates his fellow Village Green staff members as well as customers, family and friends. He believes wholeheartedly that…

“Our health and wellness is the core of who we are, and if it isn’t balanced, then our daily lives are out of balance.”

Helping people achieve this delicate balance gives Brian the motivation and energy to learn more every day. Besides, Brian was born to do this work. In his words:

“The fast pace of the ever-changing landscape in alternative health and nutrition is exciting, and that’s why I find it a lot of fun.”

While Brian is at Village Green Apothecary most every day of the week, don’t be surprised if you also see him at The Music Center at BrianStrathmore. He’s a professional drummer who performs locally with pop band Cairo Fred, and also cuts an occasional CD and coaches young musicians. For even more balance, he’s an avid herb and vegetable gardener who enjoys cooking, fishing, hiking, traveling, sports and carpentry.

Drop by and talk with Brian at Village Green and discover what a well-rounded, personable guy he is. Brian is eager to learn about your needs and help you find the health and wellness that will bring balance to your life.

For all of your health and nutrition questions visit and click on
"Ask An Expert."

Recommended Pathway Products

Allergy SupportPathway ALLERGY SUPPORT PLUS

Vitamin C, quercetin, nettle leaf, bromelain, and turmeric provide powerful support against allergies. These plus many other beneficial nutrients are part of this comprehensive formula, designed to fight allergies and inflammation. If you suffer from upper respiratory allergies such as hay fever, sinus inflammation, and respiratory irritation, this potent blend can help support your immune system.


Synergy CPathway SYNERGY C

Vitamin C has a longstanding reputation as an essential antioxidant, necessary for healthy respiratory function. Synergy-C® can help reduce circulating histamine levels and inflammation associated with allergic reactions. This formula also contains quercetin and turmeric for added anti-inflammatory benefits.


QuercitinPathway QUERCETIN PLUS

Bioflavonoids are antioxidants found in many fruits, vegetables, and medicinal herbs. They work with Vitamin C to enhance its absorption, as well as support the structure of small blood vessels and strengthen connective tissue. Quercetin is a key bioflavonoid that helps inhibit the release of histamine and other inflammatory chemicals. This formula contains a healthful blend of 500 mg of quercetin, plus rutin and grape seed OPCs.

Individualized Nutrition, Pharmacy, and Healthy Living

Village Green Apothecary

5415 W. Cedar Lane, Bethesda, MD 20814
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The information in this newsletter is not intended to be a substitute for medical advice. Consult your physician if you have any question regarding a medical condition.

Village Green Apothecary has been providing individualized nutrition, pharmacy, and healthy living products for over 40 years. We are committed to providing you with expert guidance, knowledge, and a custom-tailored mix of nutritional and pharmaceutical products needed to achieve and maintain optimal health. Our staff of 45 trained professionals (including a team of Pharmacists, a Nutritionist, Naturopathic Doctor, and Clinical Herbalist) offer private wellness consultations, personalized health plans using The Essentials of Healthy Living (EHL), and individualized custom compounding. Our pharmacists are available to review and address drug/nutrient interactions and depletions to ensure your health and wellbeing. Please contact us with any questions. We are here as a resource for you.